Cincinnati Animal CARE in critical overcapacity, needs foster homes

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Animal CARE is critically over capacity and in need of foster families.

“Over the past two years we have seen an increase in admission month on month and we currently have around 210 dogs on site. I think there are around 180 more in foster homes and a few hundreds of cats and kittens,” said Ray Anderson, community engagement manager. director of Cincinnati Animal Care.

Anderson said the animal shelter, originally built as a dog pound decades ago, was only meant to house 100 dogs.

He said every month they were taking in more and more dogs and had to resort to collapsible crates to avoid placing multiple dogs in a standard kennel.

“We also have emergency kennels, rescue emergency kennels, and right now we’ve been using pop-up crates, which we don’t want to use,” Anderson said. “We try to keep the dogs in these for as little time as possible.”

Two days after Cincinnati Animal CARE said it urgently needed dog food, the organization posted on social media that it had received an outpouring of support from the community.

Anderson said they have about 20 extra cases in their clinic and a few in the garage.

Jamie Piccola has been a volunteer for a year and a half. He said it was difficult to see so many dogs at the shelter and he wished more people came to the shelter.

“We have so many different breeds, so many different personalities, there are dogs that love to run with volunteers, there are dogs that just love hanging out with us and being loved,” Piccola said. “We just want everyone to see what we see here in the shelter.”

Anderson said adoptions were increasing every month, but that wasn’t enough to meet the demand.

“An animal sanctuary is not a sanctuary, and it is no substitute for a home. We don’t want any dogs here. Ideally, every dog ​​would be in foster care, every cat would be in foster care. Ideally, the community would bankrupt us and no animals would ever need to be here,” Anderson said.

Cincinnati Animal Care is a no-kill shelter, which means they only euthanize dogs if they have a serious illness and are in pain. They are also legally required to take in any stray dogs found in Hamilton County.

“One of the most common myths is that these are dogs that were returned that were adopted during the pandemic. If that were the case, they would arrive neutered and neutered, they would arrive microchipped, if they were adopted from reputable shelters and shelters,” Anderson said.

He said he had his own theory as to why so many dogs came to the shelter.

“I would wonder if some of those backyard breeders who were doing a lot of business when shelters and rescues were evacuated during the pandemic now find themselves with a lot of dogs and fewer adopters, again, I don’t I don’t have the data for that it’s just a guess,” he said.

The shelter also spoke of their need for dog food after an expedition was delayed.

“URGENT: We need dry dog ​​food,” the Humane Society posted on Facebook on Saturday. “Our dog food delivery has been delayed and with so many dogs continuing to arrive, we fear we will be completely sold out by Monday.”

The post included a link to the organization’s Amazon and Chewy wishlists. On Monday, Cincinnati Animal CARE said it received more than enough donations.

“2 days ago we announced that our food shipment had been delayed and we had to run out of dog food before it arrived,” the organization said on Facebook. “Over these 2 days, our community has stepped up and we couldn’t be more grateful to everyone who has supported us!”

The shelter said foster families can take animals in for short or long periods of time. Dogs can be taken even for short “lunch dates”, where they leave the shelter for a few hours to exercise or spend time alone.

Anyone interested in fostering an animal can fill out a form here.

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